Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah Part 7.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nehemiah’s reaction to this bad news was commendable.
For when the problem of the broken walls of Jerusalem was presented to Nehemiah, his first priority as a great and very successful leader was prayer.

As we study Nehemiah’s life, we are going to see that many difficulties and trials came his way knocking at his door just as they do yours and mine.

Elijah syndrome = when you think that you’re the only one going through adversity and being mistreated so much so that you make that asinine statement, “I wish I was dead.”

1PE 5:8-9, Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

ROM 11:2-4, God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? Lord, they have killed Thy prophets, they have torn down Thine altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life. But what is the divine response to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

The Elijah syndrome is when you think that you are the only one going through the suffering that you’re going through.

1KI 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, [and then his arrogant self-centered assertion] for I am not better than my fathers.”

No one was pursuing Elijah but his own arrogance, self-pity, self justification and self-absorption.
PRO 28:1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,

As long as he was alive, the Lord still had a purpose for his life.

The inevitable outcome of focusing our eyes on things or people is that we eventually get our eyes on self!

“Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”
No one ever implied that he was better than his fathers.

When you are out of fellowship, you will feel sorry for yourself and have the wrong perspective of life. When he was faced with difficulties and trials knocking at his door, those times of satanic resistance could not KEEP him down.

Nor could they stop him from leading his people to rebuild the ancient walls of Jerusalem.

These walls that should have been providing protection from the enemies of God were destroyed by Satan and the kingdom of darkness by threatening and hindering God’s people from returning back into the land of Israel.

1TH 2:18 For we wanted to come to you – I, Paul, more than once – and yet Satan hindered us.

It was not when they were attacked from without that the walls of their spiritual heritage began to crumble but when they were attacked from within.

The city of Jerusalem was without a wall for 90 years or more, until Nehemiah was led by God to go back and build a wall around that great city that once had enjoyed security and protection.

Nehemiah’s name means “Jehovah or the Lord has comforted.”

Like Moses he’s going to give all that up, to step down as it were, into plots and schemes and conspiracies and turmoils and death threats and all of the other things that were a part of the struggle to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

HEB 11:24-25 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin;

Giving up
LUK 14:18 “a piece of land;”
LUK 14:19 “his business”
LUK 14:20 “his marriage”
LUK 9:58 “his home”
LUK 9:59 “his family”

2CO 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

MAT 7:12 So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.

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